In the earlier few months, we have been posting various articles dedicated to those, who wanted to enhance their time management skills. We helped you establish what your approach to time (the past, present or future) is, we told you the tricks that may help you better organize your time. Now, we would like to sum this up into the Five Most Important Rules that you should follow to have better control over your time.
Remember it is never too late for a shift of habits. If you feel like your potency and efficiency is low, and you yourself don’t know what to do about it; we hope that our article will give some necessary motivation.
Now, let’s sum up what we have known so far and shape it into five easy rules that are also easy to memorize.
1. Learn from the past.
If you possess the type of personality that lives in the past, you have to know how to avail from it. Thinking about the losses, the hatreds, and the people who trouble you in the past will get you nowhere. Moreover, it can significantly disrupt your sense of planning the present and future actions.
We can learn a good lesson even from the worst memory; we just have to master how to deal with the bad feelings affiliated with it, while concentrating on the knowledge and experience that we endured to gain through it. The best idea is to consider these situations as pleasant and useful – this way we will have a more meaningful chance to turn our present actions into similar ones.
2. Focus on the present.
Always keep yourself posted with the daily events. Follow your calendar and don’t let irrelevant distractions get in the way of your potency. Enjoy the present time, gain the positive energy from the jobs that you perform, spend free time with friends and family, or let yourself get busy in the simple but fun activities such as reading books, listening songs or watching movies.
Don’t try to do all in one day. Make sure you have performed all the essential things and if there is extra time, do something less important. Self-improvement is always significant, just don’t burden yourself. Plus, don’t let the procrastination get the better of you – there is always something good you can be doing. Try making a bucket list of such tasks – like getting a hobby or mastering to play the guitar. If you spend your free time while doing them; you will feel much more fulfilled by the end of the day.
3. Control the future.
Be consistent about the choices you make. If you possess the type of personality that concentrates in the future; you should not find it challenging to plan your work and spare time in advance. You’ve a clear picture of the tasks in front of you, and you’re a conscientious person. Your biggest mistake may be the lack of ability to live in the present moment. Give at least an hour each day to do activities that bring you nothing but pleasure. If you have difficulty controlling the future, make it a habit of planning each day in the evening before it.
4. Know your limits.
Learn to say no. You must be assertive, never take too much on your shoulders because not only it will do bad to your weekly schedule; it may end up in you, not doing even the most critical tasks that you just had to do. That’s because if you have too much to do, you can’t concentrate on one thing, as you continually think about this other task that you agreed to complete.
Accept more work only when you’re sure that your schedule can take it. Also, don’t try to dissipate your energy striving to complete tasks that you aren’t sure how to do. If you don’t have the basic skills or qualifications to do what somebody asks of you, never agree to that – that’s just additional stress and frustration.
5. Find the balance.
What we all need is the perfect equilibrium between these three orientations on time, so you can:
● Develop strong high-efficacy thanks to the experiences from the past that ended up in accomplishments and know what circumstances should be eluded to decrease the number of failures.
● Learn to enjoy the moment and always find time for self-development and, simply, for fun.
● Find the necessity to control your future and define the actions that you should add to your schedule while deleting those that bring you nothing but self-loathing.